Ivor Davies

Ivor Davies

Dr Ivor Davies BA(Hons), PgDip, PhD, FHEA

Research Fellow


Ivor is a wood scientist and technologist with over 20 years of experience in the timber products sector. He joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2003. Prior to this he worked at the Forestry Commission and Highland Birchwoods developing the use of indigenous timber in the Scottish Highlands, and he was technical director of a manufacturing joinery company.

Ivor’s current work spans research, consultancy and teaching:

His research projects have focussed on: the performance of timber facades; grading timber for durability; sustainable construction; and product innovation. These have ranged from large trans-national collaborations through to product development and testing for individual companies. In 2015 Ivor was a member of the team for which Edinburgh Napier was awarded a Queens Anniversary Prize for its work on timber engineering, wood science and sustainability.

As a consultant, Ivor provides expert witness services on construction deputes involving timber. This ranges from confidential advisory letters through to full expert witness investigations and reports. He is familiar with both the Scottish and English rules for experts in civil cases.

Ivor has led the development of a new MSc programme titled: Timber Architecture and Architectural Technology, which will start in September 2019. He also teaches on other masters programmes at Edinburgh Napier and has been a visiting lecturer in the School of Architecture at the University of Dundee. Ivor is active in postgraduate supervision at Edinburgh Napier and has provided wood science advice to postgraduate students at several other universities in the UK and overseas. He has delivered masterclasses at the CAT Graduate School of the Environment, Newcastle University and the University of Eastern Finland. Ivor is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

His teaching and learning activities are outlined below.

In 2011 he completed his PhD “Moisture conditions in external timber cladding: field trials and their design implications”. Ivor is author or lead author of several publications including the BS 8605 series of British Standards on external timber cladding.

Ivor is active in providing education and training on timber for building professionals. This is undertaken on behalf of Wood for Good and similar organisations. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and seminars in the UK and overseas. He is also technical consultant to the Timber Decking and Cladding Association.


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Chair of British Standards Institution drafting panel B543/0/2
  • Technical consultant to the Timber Decking and Cladding Association
  • Chair of British Standards Institution drafting panel B543/0/1
  • Member of British Standards Institution technical committee B453: Round and sawn timber
  • Member of Forestry Commission Scotland's working group for timber supply for Scottish Parliament building
  • Member of Forestry Commission Scotland's Scottish Hardwood Timber Market Development Group


Conference Activity

  • Member of organising committee - Trans-national conference: External timber cladding, Aviemore


Fellowships and Awards

  • Queens Anniversary Prize


Invited Speaker

  • Highland and Islands Forest Industry Cluster meeting, Fort William
  • Masterclass at the CAT Graduate School of the Environment, Machynlleth
  • SIRT timber research seminar, Glasgow
  • Timber research seminar, Heriot Watt University Edinburgh
  • Wood Knowledge Wales seminar, Brecon
  • Masterclass at the CAT Graduate School of the Environment, Machynlleth
  • Wood Protection Association Conference, Derby
  • Wood Knowledge Wales seminar, Bangor
  • Wood durability seminar, Historic Environment Scotland, Edinburgh
  • Structural timber Association, Scottish AGM
  • TIMCON annual conference, Manchester
  • Masterclass at Newcastle University School of Engineering
  • Timber masterclass, The Lighthouse, Glasgow
  • Proholz Austria seminar in Ourense, Spain
  • Masterclass at University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland
  • Research seminar, Forest Research Agency, Alice Holt
  • IWSc annual conference, Oxford


Membership of Professional Body

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy



  • ICE Publishing - Construction Materials
  • Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier
  • Forestry: International Journal of Forest Research. Oxford University Press
  • Wood Material Science and Engineering


Visiting Positions

  • Module for MSc on Zero and low carbon design, Dundee University


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